November 9th, 2009
11:46 AM ET
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GOP targets Michigan Dems over health care votes

ice President Joe Biden heads to Michigan Monday to lend a helping hand to two freshman House Democrats.
ice President Joe Biden heads to Michigan Monday to lend a helping hand to two freshman House Democrats.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden heads to Michigan Monday to lend a helping hand to two freshman House Democrats who could face tough re-election bids next year. Will their votes on health care reform makes those bids even more difficult?

Biden headlines a fundraising event in Detroit for Michigan Democratic Party. Co-hosting the event are Congressmen Mark Schauer and Gary Peters. Both representatives voted in favor the health care reform bill that passed 220-215 in the House Saturday night.

The National Republican Campaign Committee is targeting the health care votes by Schauer and Peters.

"While Vice President Biden throws a lavish fundraiser to reward Mark Schauer and Gary Peters for their votes on the trillion dollar government takeover of healthcare, more than fifteen percent of Michiganders are out on the street looking for work," says NRCC spokesman Tom Erickson in a Monday morning statement. "If we're going to put Michigan back to work, voters will need to elect new leadership and fire Schauer and Peters, who have continually backed the reckless policies of Nancy Pelosi that create more government at the expense of the jobs that Michigan needs."


Democrats said the votes should give Schauer and Peters an edge next year.

"Mark Schauer and Gary Peters both have strong records of delivering for their districts and helping to create jobs in order to turn Michigan's economy around, responds Gabby Adler, Midwest Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Voters in Michigan know that Health Insurance Reform is a key component of a long term economic recovery for Michigan workers and businesses of all sizes, and encouraged Schauer and Peters to support the legislation. Mark Schauer and Gary Peters have an undeniable advantage heading into 2010 because of their already significant legislative achievements and because of their prolific fundraising that no GOP candidate in Michigan has even come close to."

Schauer ousted Republican Rep. Tim Walberg in last year's election, winning by by 3 points in Michigan's 7th congressional district, which Barack Obama won by 5 points. He could be facing a rematch in 2010, as Walberg has already announced his candidacy - if he makes it past what could be a tough primary battle. Both the non-partisan Cook Political Report and the Rothenberg Political Report say the district's contest is likely to be competitive next year.

Peters topped Republican Rep. Joe Knollenberg by 9 points in last year's election in the 9th congressional district, which Obama won by 7 points.

"The health care vote is another piece of ammunition that Republicans will use against Schauer and Peters," says Nathan Gonzalez, political editor of the Rothenberg Political Report. "I think Republicans are more optimistic about Schauer. It's more of a Republican district.

Republicans have always seen an opportunity in the 7th and this health care vote adds to their optimism. This is going to be a top race next year."

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Wade

    I dare anyone here to show one government run program that operates in the black.
    Every government run program to date is broken.
    They're poorly managed, bleed money like theirs no tomorrow and provides sub par services.

    Medicare is not government funded, it's TAXPAYER funded and it is a joke. Why do you think a majority of MediCare recipients need supplemental insurance?

    Social Security would be completely solvent if the government hadn't robbed it blind and filled it up with IOU's.
    And Social Security is not a socialist program, you only get back what you pay in plus interest.

    The USPS that Obama likes to drag out as a shining example of how the government runs things is billions in the hole and sinking faster every year.

    The government must stop trying to be all things to all people.
    This is not what our country was founded on

    November 9, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. L for Legend

    Down with the gop, the selfish and self-serving snobs.

    November 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Mike in LR

    Sending Mr. Gaffe. That's cool. The conservative is a shoe-in with this babbling ignoramus representing the liberals.

    Funny how liberals (democrats anyway) are so ignorant of facts. Conservatives offered a viable alternative to Pelosi's disaster and it was immediately dismissed. No dicsussion, end of story. Yeah, that's change we can believe in and promised bipartanship in action. What fools.

    November 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Patti Miller

    I would love to see health care reform but if we, the people don't begin to demand specific, precise & responsible legislation and continue to act like idiotic Democrat & Republican lemings, we deserve whatever we get. We need to demand the following of our legislators:

    Demand that any legislation that is proposed, will always apply to our elected officials, NEVER ARE THEY TO BE EXEMPT, beginning with Health Care legislation. Never again.

    That we the people demand that NO HEALTH CARE REFORM be passed without the inclusion of Tort Reform, which will instantly bring down the cost of health care. We are no longer tolerant of the runaway frivolous malpractice lawsuit "Industry" which benefits LAWYERS (who make up the majority of are our legislators). Never again.

    November 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Vic of New York

    Michigan! Don't let those filthy rich financiers and Big Business-backed Republican Hacks scare you!

    Right now, with so many workers out of a job you need affordable health care. When I was out of work for over a year, I couldn't afford my meds. Later I was told that more deadly plaque had built up in my heart while I was struggling.

    In the meanwhile the execs from Wall Street were stuffing their pockets and driving around in Porches and Mercedes, and living in Mac Mansions all over my state.

    Now they want to scare you into thinking that being out of work and out of insurance is good for you! These guys can afford to carry their weight! They're doing nothing for you buying foreign cars either!

    Toss out the Republican Rats! Speak up and tell those nay sayers to crawl back into their caves!

    November 9, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Pee Wee

    If this health care business is sooooooooooo good for us, why is it not kicking in until 2013? Elections maybe?

    November 9, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Lombardi Graham

    Half the people on here must be the one's looking for a handout. Don't you know you will have to have insurance if not you will be fined. So what makes you think that the one's who could not afford it now will be able to pay for it when it become mandatory. What planet are you iditos living on please tell me because i'am looking for that planet also. Ain't nothing free everything has a cost and you may won't to start looking for work to pay for your insurance.

    November 9, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. hampster4361

    Republicans will target anyone who attempts to help the ordinary working American. Repbulican loyalty is with corporate America and CEOs not average Americans. Guess if the republicans have their way any American that gets sick will have to DIE QUICKLY.

    November 9, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. elliott

    Just say "NO" to Obamacare!!
    It's about government control...NOT HEALTHCARE.

    And what is the price tag again.....?
    No Thanks

    November 9, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Chris D.

    So we can afford to let the last administration spend trillions on wars, tax cuts, and medicare part D, but Heaven forbid that the middleclass recieve a trillion dollar help with medical reform?
    This debate is over....I've chosen my side, and I'm in the bag for the DEMS to win......
    Conservatives are hipocrites.....They let their own party spend trillions, and run the WH, and both branches of congress for 6 of 8 years.......

    November 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Carl from MI

    Where were all these phony fiscal conservatives when Dubya was putting the cost of TWO wars on the nation's credit cards?? Not a single one of them spoke up... now all of a sudden, they're born again fiscal-conservatives? What a farce!!!

    Conservatives and Republicans have become a farce and the laughing joke of the political world!! I'll bet they'd be singing a different tune if all of them lost THEIR health care... it'd be a whole new ball game!!!

    November 9, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. oldtimer

    Call it what you wil, death panels or sorry that procedure is too clostly. It amounts to the same thing, you will die because you will not be allowed to have that procedure that could save your life. "Or maybe they will say that you are just to old for that particular procedure. Same as death panels, but putting it more politely. Where does the government get off fining people that don't have insurance! There are better ways to reduce healthcare, and it starts with the companies that charge and manufacture the pills. If pills were affordable it would go a long way to reduce healthcare. Also if all the illegals did not get care at the emergency rooms it would go a long way to reduce health care.

    November 9, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. m jeff

    Anyone who thinks the Healthcare system in this Country is ok, is either sick or work for the Insurance Companies.

    November 9, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. Melissa

    Why are the GOP so hateful? Its not healthy. And why would anyone vote these childish selfish people into power?

    November 9, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. andy

    If you follow and vote for the lies of Obama, he will send someone to your state to try to save your politcal future. Everyone needs to vote out these losers in 20110 and vote Obama back to Chicago or wherever he is from in 2012.

    November 9, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Richp

    Old Joe is going to get some awesome frequent flier miles selling his socialist democrats that's for sure. As far as free health care goes, nothing is free, somebody has to pay for it and I'm tired of it being people like me who work for living.

    November 9, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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